The Lovable Mat Rempits?


I think internally there is a competition among the politicians in this country to come up with the wildest, dumbest ideas. And the latest one that have hit the headlines is the one that deals with allowing pesky Mat Rempits aka public nuisance to race on public streets.

Road safety experts expressed regret and disbelief over a proposal to legalise ‘Mat Rempit‘ racing. The experts who spoke to theSun, raised grave concerns on whether the government would take responsibility should bodily injury or loss of lives occur during such races.

Their concerns come in the wake of a proposal earlier this week by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to allow bikers to race in certain parts of the capital city to curb the tendency of “Mat Rempits” who speed in residential and commercial areas.

Universiti Sains Malaysia deputy vice-chancellor Professor Dr Ahmad Farhan Mohd Sadullah described the proposal as risky and a disservice to road safety.

(Source)

And even it leaves the police in disbelief with the Minister’s ambitions (remember the police declared war on Mat Rempits calling them the cancer of the society?):-

Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar wants to meet Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor over the plan to close certain city roads and allow motorcyclists to race.

“I believe he has his reasons to propose it. I want to meet him to discuss it,” Khalid told reporters at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here.

“I will meet him first to see what his views are,” he said when asked to comment further on the matter.

(Source)

And not leaving the nuisance in the West Malaysia, there were even plans to bring over the nuisance to the East Malaysia:-

The plan to provide motorcycle racing tracks in the city is still on the table, with the possibility of extending the proposal to East Malaysia as well.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that the matter was among the issues discussed at a meeting with other Federal Territories Members of Parliament (MPs) at the ministry today.

“I have discussed the ‘Mat Motor’ issues, and I want to solve the matter at hand,” he said, adding that he is looking for a way to provide space to allow motorcycle racers to do what they are interested in.

He said the move would also help tackle syndicates involved in illegal betting who use “Mat Rempits” for their own financial gains.

(Source)

And the insurance companies were quick to wash their hands off of the proposed plan by the Minister:-

Meanwhile, Persatuan Insurans Am Malaysia (PIAM) said motorcycle insurance policy does not cover activities as racing and it is an exclusion under the policy.

PIAM said any such activity is done at the rider’s own risk and if they injure a third party or damage another person’s property, they will be personally responsible for any damage costs.

“In the event an Insurer (Insurance Company) is held liable to pay by virtue of the provisions under Section 96 of the Road Transport Act, the insurer can seek indemnity from the motorcycle owner and/or rider,” it said.

(Source)

At the end of the day, everyone is against the idea of allowing Mat Rempits running loose on public roads – all except the Honorable Minister. What the police need to do is this – agree to the Minister’s idea and when the Mat Rempits shows up with their bikes, round them up like rounding up some cattles and charge them on endangering other road users.

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Snippets – 31 August 2012


The morning news on the day the country celebrates the independence has been quite interesting.

Mat Rempit to help fight crime

(Well, meet the future crime busters – coming to your peaceful neighbourhood soon, courtesy of the Home Minister and his “out-of-the-box thinking”. Image source: http://meuzangelo.blogspot.com)

From our clueless Home Minister:-

Describing the idea as out-of-the-box thinking, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry had asked selected non-governmental organisations and groups to enlist the bikers’ co-operation in the fight against crime.

He said the negative connotations given to the mat rempit groups were sometimes unwarranted, maintaining that they too, can contribute to the country.

Mat rempits as crime fighters?

I am not sure what the Home Minister have been drinking before he came up with this out-of-the-mind statement but doesn’t mat rempit are called public menace for a good reason? After all, it is not like they have been doing some good for the society but the society have misunderstood them and called names? This filth of the society are not only involves in endangering other road users with their reckless riding on the road but also involves in other crimes namely theft? So calling upon them to fight crime is akin to getting the fox to take care of the chickens. The idea is not only stupid but it is looking for solution in the wrong places. The Home Minister must be aware that Mat Rempit is part of the problem and never part of the solution.

Assuming the Mat Rempits are innocent (hold on until I go and vomit blood), what they can do? Ride around the neighbourhood and if they spot suspicious characters, to set on them like how they usually do when they attack and rob innocent road users? What happened to the beefing of the police force instead and other improvement to the policing procedures under the Najib’s transformation measures? Citizens are not convinced that crime rates have fallen and yet here we are wanting to engage criminals to fight crime. What’s next? Armed robbers to guard jewellery shops? Loan sharks to help out on the tax collections?

Having motorcyclists breaking the traffic rules was already bad and we have yet to come up with an effective way to reduce the menace on the road and some people now suggesting the same menace to help out on crime busting work.

Janji Ditepati a universal theme, says Najib

(Yes that does look like a promise well kept! The free-for-all in the last Bersih gathering after things got of hand. Image source: http://www.nkkhoo.com)

Another is from our clueless Prime Minister:-

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said those who question the Merdeka Day celebration theme Janji Ditepati are people who have failed to fulfil their promises.

“There is no need to question the theme unless the person who raised it never fulfilled his promises,” he said in his speech during the 1Malaysia Aidilfitri Feast at the Darulaman Stadium parking area here.

Najib said Janji Ditepati was a universal and Islamic principle because Islam wanted its followers to remember the promises that they made.

I am not sure if they are aware the true meaning of the word “promise” and “promises kept”? And why it should be related to the independence of this country? And after 55 years of independence, why now? The start of the independence celebrations this year was badly marred by a dumb theme song that irked many and earned itself the title “most disliked Merdeka theme song”. Then there is this slogan “Janji Ditepati” which translated innocently as “Promised Kept” but many others, it means this-

We has kept our promise to rule the country (pssst, it does not necessarily be in the best interest of the people) and now it is time for you to show the gratitude for promises kept by voting for us in the upcoming general elections.

Well, at least that is what I imagine when one shouts “Janji Ditepati”. Even if one talks about execution of electoral lists or the abolishment of the ISA as promises kept, what that got to do with the celebration of the independence of the country? And now the Prime Minister added another twist to it by justifying the use of “promises kept” with the Islamic principles. Is he addressing to the “spiritual side” of the citizens to swallow the half-baked slogan for this independence?

It is obvious that we have strayed far from the original purpose of celebrating the independence of the country. The government works for us and there are no obligations at our end whatsoever to be grateful on what the government should be doing as part of their normal duty in the first place. Interestingly in Malaysia, politicians are getting it the other way around. What should have been part of parcel of their job has now turned into promises kept and gratefulness is required.

This is why our 55th celebration of independence has turned out to be BN’s promises kept election campaign. Keeping a promise may be a universal theme but so is responsibility and integrity. Anyway, Selamat Hari Merdeka to all Malaysians where ever you are and remember to “keep your promise” to pick a better government in the next election.

Police in News


(Mat Rempit – the menace of society who deserves the severest punishment in the book – Image source: http://antkillingghostofsparta.wordpress.com)

After the recent death of a young boy in Shah Alam, the police has been in the news for the wrong reasons.

First:-

The official car belonging to Selangor Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar has been stolen

This is shameful, if you ask me.

If a police chief’s car can be stolen just like that, imagine the fate falling on ordinary, defenceless citizens. Of course, the police managed to retrieve it 48 hours later – unlikely from hard investigations but rather because the car thief had panicked (there is a note that says “sorry PDRM it was a mistake”).

That also shows that are still plenty of work to be done by the police to combat crime in the country – they should get their priorities straight.

Second:-

A policeman has been detained for allegedly shooting a teenage Mat Rempit during a chase along Jalan Jelebu here, early Saturday.

In the 3am incident, policemen in a patrol car were allegedly taunted by the motorcylist, who kept weaving in front of their vehicle.

He refused to stop despite being repeatedly told to do so, and it is believed a policeman opened fire

After a “similar” incident in Shah Alam, this policeman should have been more careful when using the gun as the last resort.

If I had my say on this, I would have probably awarded the policeman for trying to book the filth of the society called Mat Rempit. But since tension has been flying high since the similar shooting incident, choice of weapon is wrong in this circumstance.

If I had been the policeman, I would have just rammed the Mat Rempit with my car; leaving the Mat Rempit mained for life (the police could have also charged the Mat Rempit with reckless riding) and said that the Mat Rempit crashed into the car (which makes it a better defence).

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